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CAREERS

Please see below for open job opportunities. Apply by emailing us your cover letter and resume to careers@btrg.ca. Please note that only attachments in PDF format will be reviewed. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Company Overview

Black Tusk Research Group is a Site Management Organization (SMO) located in downtown Vancouver that specializes in operating clinical research for hospital-based investigators. This ranges from carrying out specific duties of the project including design, start-up, budgeting, financial reporting, recruitment, data collection, and study close out, to project managing from start to finish. Professional integrity and patient centered care are among our core values. We provide efficient and optimal regulatory, administrative, and project management support for clinical investigators within the Respiratory Division, Healthy Heart Clinic, Critical Care (Intensive Care unit), Pathology and the UBC Centre for Heart Lung Innovation at St. Paul's Hospital. Our group manages both academic and pharmaceutical/biotech studies, involving drugs and devices ranging across many disciplines: respiratory diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) (bronchitis and emphysema), asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), cystic fibrosis (CF), as well as cardiovascular disease research, acute illnesses such as sepsis and pneumonia, and many others. This support runs the full gamut from trial initiation through study close-out.

At Black Tusk Research Group, we pride ourselves in career mobility, growth and development. We focus on culture, collaboration and innovation believing that with trust, mentorship and advocacy from leadership, every employee has the ability to quickly advance careers. Regardless of your position at BTRG, you’re encouraged to think big, voice your opinions, push your colleagues to excel and share your ideas with the team – meaning you have the opportunity to grow both yourself and the company. Our leaders teach best practices with early on-site training, open communication styles, regular feedback, and motivate employees to continuously learn and pursue goals.

 

We are looking for passionate individuals who are dedicated to advancing healthcare, and who want to be part of a dynamic industry. BTRG is searching for employees who are eager to develop with us over the next few years; the growth mindset focuses on internal career mobility, and we offer all employees equal opportunities to advance in the company.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At Black Tusk Research Group Inc, we aim to provide an environment where employees and others in the workplace are treated fairly and with respect, and free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, vilification and bullying. As an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status or genetic characteristic.

 

BTRG aims to ensure that when employment decisions are made, they are based on merit, not on irrelevant attributes or characteristics that an individual may possess.

 

Please let us know if you require any accommodations during the application process.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

ALUMNI TESTIMONIALS

An excerpt from our Junior Coordinators that have recently left to pursue medicine.

Hi everyone! My name’s Ananya and I worked as a Research Coordinator in the Healthy Heart Department.  

 After graduating from UBC with my Bachelors of Science, I decided to take some time away from academia and work as a nanny! Although it was a wonderful experience, I decided to apply for this role as I missed working in research and wanted to gain experience in a clinical setting.   

 The team at Black Tusk were extremely welcoming and very supportive as I learned the responsibilities of a coordinator. I loved working as part of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, pharmaceutical sponsors and other coordinators to enroll and conduct clinical trials visits for patients with heart disease.  

The most rewarding part of the role, however, was working one-on-one with patients at St Paul’s Hospital; learning how to build rapport, communicate vulnerable information, and provide continuous care. 

 I truly learned so much more from this role than I could have imagined, including getting my Phlebotomy certification, and was able to apply these experiences while applying to medical schools this year (2021). The insight and clinical experience I gained working in this role helped me develop a deeper understanding of what it means to work in healthcare and be a physician. Reflecting on these experiences has made me more empathetic and greatly helped me in my path to medicine at UBC. Thank you BTRG! 

Ananya Sandhu, UBC Medicine Class of 2026

Current Opportunities

Clinical Research Coordinator

JOB TITLE

Clinical Research Coordinator

Full-Time, permanent

Onsite – Downtown Vancouver

REPORTS TO

The Clinical Research Coordinator will report to a Clinical Research Manager.

JOB SUMMARY

The Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) will assist in coordinating research out of various clinics at St. Paul’s Hospital and BTRG's clinical assessment office. The CRC will manage and coordinate the day to-day research activities related to study participant enrolment, scheduling and performing ongoing participant visits/follow up and the associated data; ethics and regulatory submissions and binder maintenance, provide supervision and training to research assistants; and perform other related administrative duties as required. The CRC will consult with PIs and assist with coordination of industry sponsored studies, including ethics and contracting; participate in monitoring visits and study team meetings; and liaise with a multidisciplinary health care team within the institution.

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Supporting activities to promote patient engagement in research.

  • Biological sample collecting, shipping and storing.

  • Data entry, database maintenance and data queries.

  • Developing work priorities for research projects, setting timelines, and ensuring research objectives and deadlines are met.

  • Attending meetings to define strategy, goals, and scope of a research project.

  • Providing input into recruiting participants, conducting surveys, and extracting data.

  • Participating in study planning and execution to ensure research is conducted according to study protocols.

  • Clinical chart review and screening for eligibility of potential study participants.

  • Coordinating study procedures and participant's study visits, assist patients in completing questionnaires via email and phone.

  • Coordinating acquisition of data from multiple sources and individuals, entering REDCap database.

  • Responsible for obtaining study documents from all sites where the study is being held.

  • Assisting with ethics and regulatory submissions, binder maintenance, initial ethics applications and regulatory meeting preparation.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Sciences, Health Sciences or a relevant discipline or a combination of education and experience.

  • Understanding of research environment and/or clinical research experience (1-2 years experience preferred).

  • Administrative/customer service experience, skills and some knowledge in research coordination.

  • Knowledge of and experience in qualitative data collection.

  • Experience working with people in a health care, academic, and/or research environment preferred.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills (email and phone calls) and excellent computer skills (word processing; excel).

  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, analytically and respond in a broad range of activities with a high level of independence.

  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of efficiency and accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Demonstrated initiative and the willingness to work closely with members of a research team to ensure problems are resolved quickly and appropriately.

  • Ability to exercise good judgment, work under pressure, prioritize work-load and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to be self-directed, and to work both independently and within a team environment.

  • TCPS, GCP and Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Handling Training Certificates preferred.

Please email a PDF version of your resume and cover letter to careers@btrg.ca

Medical Laboratory Assistant - Phlebotomy 
 

JOB TITLE

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Full-Time, permanent

Onsite – Downtown Vancouver

REPORTS TO

The Medical Laboratory Assistant will report to a Clinical Research Manager.

JOB SUMMARY

Works collaboratively with all research team members toward the best outcomes for the participant and the organization. Performs phlebotomy services, specimen collection/handling/shipping, utilize knowledge of department procedures and databases, and support patients with information and direction utilizing laboratory services. Assists research coordinators with developing standard operating procedures (SOPs), maintain a clean and safe laboratory workspace, routine lab maintenance and preparing samples for transportation and testing. The Lab Assistant will also be assisting with data entry and coordination support as needed. 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

  • Perform venipuncture on patients of all ages, both inpatient and outpatient.  

  • Performs patient identification, collects and labels specimens for requested testing, processes specimen according to established guidelines and completes documentation for the specimen. Follows established procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis. 

  • Prepares pre-assembled generic specimen collection kits based on study protocols. 

  • Prepares participant-specific sample collections, includes labeling with required identifiers, generation of required lab requisitions, and timely delivery of kits 

  • Prepares specimens (i.e, centrifuging, aliquoting, and storage), cleanup, and delivery of prepared research samples to designated research laboratories for analysis. Ensures correct blood specimen labeling, pickup and delivery of research lab specimens from BTRG office to the designated research laboratory. 

  • Prepares all sample transfer/receipt/dispense with research team. Performs samples verification prior to shipment.  

  • Works closely with research staff to maintain an efficient and well-organized laboratory. Ensures work areas are well-maintained, clean and tidy. Fosters effective and collaborative working relationships with fellow employees and management. 

  • Assists with day-to-day lab operational tasks such as running the centrifuge and performing general lab duties as needed. 

  • Performs routine maintenance and troubleshooting for basic lab equipment. 

  • Maintains equipment inventory including all records that reflect calibration and maintenance history. 

  • Conducts all activities in accordance with lab standards, Occupational Health & Safety regulations and established policies and practices. 

  • Organize and clean freezer and fridge storage locations for sample. 

  • Complete data entry of required patient demographics, requisition information, and other information related to processing test results. 

  • Support research coordinators in management of study binders, meetings and data entry. 

  • Biobank sample management. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Completion of secondary education 

  • Certification or training in Phlebotomy (BCIT or Medical Laboratory Assistant Preferred, 1 year of phlebotomy experience preferred) 

  • Knowledge of basic lab safety processes and procedures, familiar with lab manuals and related documents (ie. Lab requisitions). Must be able to read, understand and follow work instructions in a safe, accurate and timely manner. 

  • Ability to maintain the strictest standards of patient privacy and confidentiality. 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and effective verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Able to approach, communicate and positively interact with patients and health care professionals while performing their duties, frequently under stressful conditions. 

  • Knowledge of and experience in qualitative data collection. Experience working with people in a health care, academic, and/or research environment preferred.  

  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of efficiency and accuracy and attention to detail.  

  • Demonstrated initiative and the willingness to work closely with members of a research team to ensure problems are resolved quickly and appropriately.  

  • Ability to be self-directed, and to work both independently and within a team environment with excellent customer service skills.  

  • Ability to read, understand and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's), including safety and quality procedures. 

  • Experience and competence in basic laboratory techniques such as centrifugation and pipetting are highly desirable. 

  • Be part of a highly effective and motivated team and have the willingness to grow within the organization. 

  • Proficient data entry skills.  

 

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS CONSIDERED AN ASSET 

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant (must include phlebotomy)  

  • UBC Safety & Risk Services in Biosafety  

  • Experience with Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) database design and data entry 

  • WHMIS, Lab Safety, Chemical Safety Training.  

  • Working knowledge of lCH/GCP regulations.  

Please email a PDF version of your resume and cover letter to careers@btrg.ca

Clinical Research Assistant (Co-op)

JOB TITLE

Clinical Research Assistant Co-op

8-16 months

Downtown Vancouver/St. Paul’s Hospital

REPORTS TO

The Clinical Research Assistant Co-op will report to a Clinical Research Coordinator and a Clinical Research Manager.

JOB SUMMARY

The Clinical Research Assistant (CRA) will coordinate academic clinical research projects. Their primary role will be to collect data from clinic charts and populate Redcap databases for projects within the Pacific Lung Research Institute. They will also run the day to-day research activities related to study participant enrollment, biological material sampling, maintenance of regulatory documents and all relevant data; and perform other related duties as required under the supervision of the Senior Study Coordinators and Research Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinating acquisition of data from multiple sources and individuals.

  • Independently run CF clinic visit, and answering questions from the patients.

  • Generate and maintain newsletters for the clinics at the PLRC.

  • Participating in project development, planning and execution.

  • Developing work priorities for research projects, setting timelines and ensuring research objectives and deadlines are met.

  • Attending meetings to define strategy, goals, and scope of a research project.

  • Providing input into recruiting participants, conducting surveys, and extracting data.

  • Participating in study planning and execution to ensure research is conducted according to study protocols.

  • Maintain professional levels of communication at all times, to strengthen existing collaborations with research.

  • Obtaining informed consent from research participants or substitute decision maker.

  • Coordinating study procedures and participant's study visits.

  • Responsible for maintaining the accuracy, accessibility, and confidentiality of study files and regulatory documents.

 

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • Currently completing a Bachelor's Degree in Science.

  • Knowledge of and experience in qualitative data collection. Experience working with people in a health care, academic, and/or research environment preferred.

  • Excellent computer skills (word processing; excel; Oracle databases)

  • Working knowledge of lCH/GCP regulations preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, analytically and respond in a broad range of activities with a high level of independence.

  • Exceptional organizational skills and demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of efficiency and accuracy and attention to detail.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate tact and respect.

  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated initiative and the willingness to work closely with members of a research team to ensure problems are resolved quickly and appropriately.

  • Ability to exercise good judgment, work under pressure, prioritize work-load and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to be self-directed, and to work both independently and within a team environment

  • Language: English (required).

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